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Help Please. Disassemble Kohler Starter Cleaning

Discussion in 'Mechanic and Repair' started by mcambrose, Sep 27, 2002.

  1. mcambrose

    mcambrose LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 518

    I have had to clean the starters on my 20 hp Kohler's recently, but it takes me forever. Does any one have a suggestion for making it easier. I put a 7/16" wrench in a vise and then push the shaft of the starter into it to expose the little wire clip. I then use a very sharp pick to try to muscle the clip off. CAn take 5 min to 1 hr. After that it is relatively easy to disassemble. I also have lots of trouble getting the clip back on the shaft. Any suggestions?

    After I get the clip back into its groove. I put the shaft into the 7/16" open end wrench in the vise and tap the end with a ball peen hammer to get the washer to cover the clip. Any suggestion for improving this operation are also appreciated.

    I lost my clip on one of the starters (flew away while trying to reinstall). Where can I get another?
  2. khouse

    khouse LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,465

    buy snap ring pliers at an auto parts store. there are lots of adapters with them.
  3. mcambrose

    mcambrose LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 518

    The little clip ring has not holes with which to grab it. It looks just like a "c".
  4. Jeff in AL

    Jeff in AL LawnSite Senior Member
    from Alabama
    Messages: 789

    J-Thomas couldn't help with this?
  5. khouse

    khouse LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,465

    the next time you take the clip off file a portion of the groove down so next time you can easily get a pick under the clip. Or place a magnet on or by the back of the clip. Then take needle nose pliers and place the points on each end of the ring and push it off. Just use regular pliers to squeeze it back on. Just a thought.

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